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1. A coarse cotton or linen fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding.
2. Archaic Rigid formality.
Resembling or suggesting buckram, as in stiffness or formality: "a wondrous buckram style" (Thomas Carlyle).
tr.v. buck·ramed, buck·ram·ing, buck·rams
To stiffen with or as if with buckram.
[Middle English bukeram, fine linen, from Old French boquerant and from Old Italian bucherame, both after Bukhara (Bukhoro), from which fine linen was once imported.]
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a. cotton or linen cloth stiffened with size, etc, used in lining or stiffening clothes, bookbinding, etc
b. (as modifier): a buckram cover.
2. archaic stiffness of manner
vb, -rams, -raming or -ramed
(Textiles) (tr) to stiffen with buckram
[C14: from Old French boquerant, from Old Provençal bocaran, ultimately from Bukhara, once an important source of textiles]
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1. a stiffly sized fabric of cotton, linen, hemp, hair, or the like, used for interlinings, book bindings, etc.
2. stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality.v.t.
3. to strengthen with buckram.
4. Archaic. to give a false appearance of importance, value, or strength to.
[1175–1225; Middle English bukeram < Middle High German buckeram, said to be after Bukhara, once noted for textiles]
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Past participle: buckramed
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|Noun||1.||buckram - a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing|
|Verb||1.||buckram - stiffen with or as with buckram; "buckram the skirt"|
stiffen - make stiff or stiffer; "Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"
|Adj.||1.||buckram - rigidly formal; "a starchy manner"; "the letter was stiff and formal"; "his prose has a buckram quality"|
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
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buckram[ˈbʌkrəm] N → bucarán m
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n → Buckram m
adj attr → Buckram-
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